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Operation Red Sea (2018)

Hong hai xing dong (original title)
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PLA Navy Marine Corps launch a hostage rescue operation in the fictional Republic of Ihwea and undergo a fierce battle with rebellions and terrorism.

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Dante Lam (as Lin Chaoxian)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yi Zhang ... Yang Rui
Johnny Huang ... Gu Shun (as Huang Jingyu)
Hai-Qing Hai-Qing ... Xia Nan
Jiang Du ... Xu Hong
Luxia Jiang Luxia Jiang ... Tong Li
Sanâa Alaoui Sanâa Alaoui ... Ina
Fang Yin Fang Yin ... Li Dong
Yutian Wang Yutian Wang ... Zhang Tiande
Jiahao Guo ... Lu Chen (as Guo Yubin)
Henry Prince Mak ... Zhuang Yu (as Henry Mai)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Noureddine Aberdine Noureddine Aberdine ... Executionner
Nisrine Adam Nisrine Adam ... Yuna
Bing Bai
Khalid Benchagra Khalid Benchagra ... Dr. William Parsons
Jacky Cai ... Drone pilot (as Cai Jie)
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PLA Navy Marine Corps launch a hostage rescue operation in the fictional Republic of Ihwea and undergo a fierce battle with rebellions and terrorism.

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

China | Morocco | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Arabic | English

Release Date:

23 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Red Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$72,491,251 (China), 18 February 2018, Wide Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$436,059, 25 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,543,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$579,220,560
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DTS (DTS: X)| Dolby Atmos | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film continued in similar style to that of Operation Mekong (2016). This film served as the highlight film presented to audience as a gift for the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, as well as the Communist Party's 19th National Congress. The film is said to be the "China's First Modern Naval Film" and grossed US$226.76 million, making it the sixth highest-grossing film of 2018. See more »

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During a firefight, a stick of four hand grenades fastened together explodes and throws 4 car frames into the air. It is impossible for so much mass to be moved even by the explosion of 4 grenades. See more »

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The shape of things to come
7 July 2018 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

Remember, people: this is a story about an elite military unit trying to foil a dirty bomb plot during a different rescue mission, nothing more, nothing less. Given this story line and its clear focus on action, allow yourselves to be entertained. Its the bang-boom-bang movie of the year, which is why it's on track to become China's most successful movie export ever. Expect more of this with the trade war, as the ending clearly suggests that it's also intended as a line in the sand - pardon, sea - between China and the US of A.

My two cents on the most frequent criticism on this one: there's no story and pretty much constant action. As other people have pointed out: the reason why this movie is constant, uninterrupted mayhem is that warfare really is that crazy, as anyone can learn from a multitude of books, documentaries or (like yours truly) friends in the military. The situation in Yemen - for which the location is a thinly veiled stand-in - is so complex that one should feel grateful that there is no attempt whatsoever to put what happens into perspective, as so many Hollywood propaganda drivels do.

I didn't like the predecessor to this one, "Operation Mekong", because of its truckload of stereotypes about Thais and Burmese. "Operation Red Sea" is a huge improvement because it doesn't pretend to be anything more or less than an action flick with a bit of "China saves the day" on the side.


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